SEDC first local agency to contribute to State Disaster Fund, donates RM2 mln

Abdul Aziz (centre) handing over the mock cheque to Abang Johari (right).

KUCHING, June 22: The Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has become the first local agency to come forward and contribute RM2 million towards the State Disaster Fund (SDF) which was set up as the joint commitment by all parties to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Husain handed over the mock cheque to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during a brief ceremony held at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

According to a press statement issued, Abdul Aziz emphasised that SEDC is supportive of the Sarawak government’s initiative and called on the private sector to also join in the cause by contributing towards the SDF.

The SDF received a boost on June 4 after the State government had announced that Sarawak’s cabinet ministers, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state assemblymen and political secretaries will contribute two months’ worth of their salaries and allowances.

“This is the time when all of us should pool our resources in working together and to fulfil our role to help our State government in the fight against the pandemic,” he said, adding that the amount contributed by the agency was made after consultation with its management, board members as well as its subsidiaries.

Abdul Aziz reiterated that SEDC is committed in fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR) especially in assisting the communities who are the backbone of its establishment and future growth of business endeavours carried out on behalf of the State government.

SEDC general manager Abdul Hadi Abdul Kadir was also present. — DayakDaily